Inside a picturesque structure flanked by a fountain, Anchor Inn's chefs broil, fry, and simmer cuisine infused with the flavors of the nearby ocean. Diners can share steamed shrimp by the pound or bacon-wrapped scallops, or opt for plates of crab cakes or new york strip steaks with fried shrimp. At the bar, servers mix fruity martinis and frozen daiquiris to complement dinners.
We are a small and friendly local raw bar at the Virginia Beach oceanfront that has been in business for 30 years. Most people describe us as a dive bar but love the intimacy and warmth that we exude, not to mention our delicious seafood.
With plenty of encouragement from his now-wife Dawn, Big Sam opened his Inlet Cafe & Raw Bar more than 15 years ago—but immediately felt that it was lacking. A former competitive skateboarder and surfer, Sam dreamt of transforming his single-hot-plate establishment into a beachfront staple alive with conversation, frosty beer, and fresh seafood. So he set to work, expanding, decorating, and reinventing both the restaurant and himself. Sam and Dawn were married on the sands of Bora Bora and developed a deep affinity for French Polynesia that resonates throughout their restaurant. It’s evidenced by the space's potent tropical drinks, tiki-themed decor, and ability to inspire guests to ask to have their passports stamped.
Today a full kitchen churns out hearty breakfasts of buttermilk pancakes or overstuffed burritos, as well as lunches of juicy burgers and sirloin steaks. Seafood aficionados can sample the raw bar's saltwater oysters and Eastern Shore clams or tackle the popular blackened-fish tacos. A friendly, laid-back vibe bounces off the stained-wood walls and abundant windows of the ocean-side cantina as guests take in views of the waterfront and chow down on Maryland crab cakes or savory meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
As the golden sheen of sunset drapes the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, the flickering flames of a fireplace and candlelit tables illuminate the dining room of Alexander's on the Bay. Every table in the restaurant is within sight of windows overlooking the bay, and the outdoor deck basks in the fresh ocean air wafting from the beach. The scenery complements Alexander's on the Bay’s extensive selection of appetizers, soups, build-your-own sand castles, and entrees, many of which include catches culled from the Chesapeake Bay. For palates craving seafood alternatives, owner and chef Denice Shafiee and her culinary crew prepare a handful of succulent eats such as sautéed chicken breast encrusted with crushed cashews and certified Angus beef steaks. Along with serving diners nightly for more than 25 years, Alexander's on the Bay frequently hosts wedding receptions and catered events.
The chefs at Green Parrot Grille prepare dishes befitting the restaurant’s Virginia Beach location, serving a menu long on seafood options. Between specialties such as lump-crab cakes and oyster po’ boys, they also plate classic American dishes such as beef-brisket philly cheesesteaks and baby back ribs. The restaurant also hosts occasional live shows.
Join us Monday through Friday for the best nightly food and drink specials in Virginia Beach. There's something for everybody. Our specials consist of Seafood, Steak, Crabcakes, the beach's Best She Crab Soup, wine, and extended happy hours with live music!